India shares international concern over Brasilia riots

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deep concern over rioting and vandalism against state institutions in Brasilia, extending his full support to the Brazilian authorities.

US President Joe Biden also condemned the 'assault on democracy' in Brazil.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the 'assault on Brazil's democratic institutions'. He emphasised that the will of the Brazilian people and democratic institutions must be respected.

"I strongly condemn the assault on democracy in Brasil. This is a major concern to all of us, the defenders of democracy. My full support to President @LulaOficial, who was elected freely and fairly," tweeted EU President, Ursula Von Der Leyen.

Around 3,000 supporters of Brazil's far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro broke into the country's congressional building, Supreme Court and presidential palace on January 8. The breaches come about a week after the inauguration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who defeated Bolsonaro in a runoff election on October 30.

They climbed onto the roof of the Congress building, where Brazil's Senate and Chamber of Deputies conduct their legislative business, unfurling a banner that read "intervention" and an apparent appeal to Brazil's military.
Images on TV channel Globo News also showed protesters roaming the presidential palace, many of them wearing green and yellow - the colours of the Brazilian flag, which have also come to symbolize the Bolsonaro government.

Bolsonaro challenged the election results and has not explicitly conceded, though he said he would cooperate with the transition of power.

Meanwhile, police have since cleared the massive crowds from government buildings and made at least 400 arrests, said Ibaneis Rocha, the governor of the country's Federal District.

In the latest development, Facebook's parent company Meta declared the unrest in Brazil a 'violating event', adding it would "remove content that supports or praises" protesters who breached government buildings, reported CNN.


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